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Bob Malouf Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

April 19, 2017


“Shaping the Sea Grant Tradition at OSU”  April 19, 2017  Location: Malouf residence, Corvallis, Oregon.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Malouf describes his family background and upbringing in Montana, the development of his early interest in science, and the circumstances by which he met his future wife. He then provides an overview of his move to Oregon and his first experiences, as a master's degree candidate, with Oregon Sea Grant. In this, he also comments on his memories of growing up during the 1960s; shares his thoughts on the importance of Extension work; and touches upon the research that he conducted while a master's student.

From there, Malouf discusses his move to the East Coast, where he worked for Delaware Sea Grant, before returning to OSU to pursue a Ph.D. with the support of an OSU marine laboratory in Port Orford. An overview of his tenure as Sea Grant professor and administrator at New York - Stony Brook follows.

The remainder of the session is largely devoted to Malouf's years as Director of Oregon Sea Grant from 1991 to 2008. In reflecting on this time, Malouf comments on lobbying efforts with various political figures; working with budgets; and developing a research and outreach agenda. Malouf also provides his thoughts on the differences between East Coast and West Coast Sea Grant programs, and lends insight into how Oregon Sea Grant has evolved over time. The interview concludes with notes on family and activities in retirement.